Category Archives: Kitchen Remodeling

Dreaming First in Middleboro

  The Homeowners: A Middleboro couple with an (almost) empty nest. After years of raising a busy family, and concentrating on renovations throughout the home, they were were finally able to realize their dream kitchen. With a generic layout and outdated oak cabinets, they had been tolerating the existing kitchen for long enough. Now that the kids are grown, they could finally devote the time and energy into the full remodel they had always wanted. The Remodel: Acting as their own General Contractors, our homeowners were proud to stay local with all aspects of their remodel, employing tradespeople almost all…

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Beyond the Kitchen

Happy November everyone! I can’t believe we are at the end of the year already. It’s been a busy year here and we have completed a few more displays to update our showroom. The working kitchen area is next. We have some new and exciting things for that area that are all about today’s times. We also passed our 40th year. On November 6, 1979, I set foot into the small shop that I had built onto my mother’s garage for the first time. I had the enthusiasm of a little kid in a toy store and was wondering what…

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American Collection Kitchen

I’ve talked about the Americana Collection before in the newsletter and that it is a collection of cabinetry that is fashionable and affordable and it helps people get a kitchen between the $8,000.00 to $20,000.00. It was specifically designed to help these clients fit into their budget range. The kitchen featured this month fits the collection well. My clients were a young couple with a small family and had just purchased their first home, a raised ranch. As with anyone who indulges in their first home, budgets need to be tight to afford the things in the home that need…

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Modern Southwestern Retreat

This month’s feature is as different from other months as it could be. One of my favorite projects because I helped with the design of the whole downstairs floor, where the kitchen was sandwiched between two other rooms. When I first walked into the home, I was amazed at how long the whole area was that housed the stairway, dining area, kitchen and family room. The ceilings were sectioned off with very large, sheet rock soffits. That’s how the original builder and homeowner must have thought that the soffits delineated the rooms. My clients were sick of the wood and…

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Timeless Traditional

I have a lot of clients that dream about having two islands in their kitchen. When we run across a home that can accommodate them, it’s a great space to create with. This months featured project has the two island design, and we also played a part in most rooms of the home in some way. This home had such an expansive space for the table area that it made sense to add a second island. The main island is a large space for preparing food, no matter how many cooks are in the kitchen. The second island serves as…

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Transitional Transformation

It’s the tale of woe once again for someone looking to get rid of their 80’s oak cabinets. Especially to a young couple who just moved into a new home. This is one of those stories of a young couple taking on that task (with a smile) to rid their home of those outdated, blonde oak cabinets. These are the types of transformations that are fun. Look isn’t always the culprit with remodeling a kitchen. A lot of it has to do with the layout. With all of the choices in appliances now, for a young couple who likes to…

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Country Farmhouse

There are so many styles that are popular these days but I always love when I get a traditionalist who gravitates to the old world and classic Country/Farmhouse look. This home in Raynham fit the bill for the taste she longed for. A beautiful, older style colonial home with so much charm, I jumped at the chance to change up their older, failing kitchen. Older homes are fun to transform, but sometimes space  is tight. My first step to any new project is to pick my clients’ brains so that we know what they are thinking. Too many designers in…

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Tuscan Charm

Every once in a while, I get called into an older, outdated kitchen to only bring it up-to-date in looks. The layout works for them but they really want to update the look. This month’s feature was just that. The kitchen was original when the home was built and they housed the cabinets that were hot at the time, laminate with the oak wood accent. I can remember selling this look so much back in the 80’s. It was a very clean, modern look at the time that brightened up the room. Not so much anymore. My client had been…

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Raised Ranch Retreat

My first home just before I was married was a raised ranch. It was a nice, versatile home with an economical cost of living. The kitchen in these homes are pretty much the same layout and counter space is always at a premium. Like this month’s feature kitchen, I changed the design around to gain counter and cabinet space. The layout matters, and depends on the size of the home. This one was a good sized home with a cathedral ceiling, so it made it easier, and fun, to create the new space. I find that I love to put…

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Raynham Farmhouse Renovation

This month’s story is one of my favorite home cabinet renovations. It was for two good friends who completely renovated their old colonial farmhouse home. We designed and installed for the kitchen, pantry, bar and master bath. The theme was to stay with the old farmhouse feel but bring in today’s modern conveniences. After going through the process at the Boston Design Center with various businesses and designers, they came to me to help them out. Their frustration with the other places was the lack of anyone listening to them, even though it was a home that they have lived…

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